WHAT TO DO

Head to Braddon for a morning of perusing local wares, discovering new makers and nibbling delightful delicacies. This street is well known for its coffee culture and brunches so work up an appetite shopping before settling down in one of the many eateries. 

As the day turns to night, bars take over from the cafes and cocktails replace smoothies. Sip you’re your way through the 18 locally crafted brews at BentSpoke Brewing Co, go bar hopping, or take a foodie walking tour to discover even more delicious flavours.

Three friends in their mid-twenties enjoying craft beer, cheese and cured meats at a hipster brewpub in Braddon.
Share a ploughmans board and clink beers at BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon.

WHERE TO GO

At the heart of this popular Canberra precinct is Lonsdale Street, lined with a variety of one-off stores showcasing local creatives and regional growers.

Make a bee-line for the Ori Building, named after its origami-like folds on the building’s façade and home to popular fashion, homeware and design stores. Pick up the perfect piece at Hive Braddon, or try handcrafted chocolate from Enigma Fine Chocolates, or indulge in a truly inspired flavour of gelato at Messina.

Two friend shopping locally crafted soaps and arts at Hive in Braddon.
Pick up the perfect locally made memento of your trip to Canberra at Hive in Braddon.

Across the road, the Nibu and Palko buildings host the trifecta of good coffee, great food and excellent shopping. Get a hit of caffeine at KYO Coffee Project, try sensational ramen at White Chaco, or pick up some ceramics at Bisonhome as a beautiful reminder of your getaway to the capital.

Kyo Coffee Project, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory
The crew at KYO Coffee Project have perfected the art of making coffee.

Each Sunday from 8am to 2pm nearby Haig Park hosts a weekly Village Market that sees growers, producers and makers showcasing their goods. It’s a lovely place to enjoy a picnic while picking up some fresh produce, beautiful blooms and artisan breads.

WHERE TO SLEEP

To get the true Braddon experience you need to stay close so you can wake up to the smell of coffee wafting from Lonsdale Street. Choose from many nearby hotels and apartments including  Midnight Hotel, which heroes sunlight and privacy in its generously sized rooms. If you want to watch the sunset from a rooftop bar, the Howling Moon bar at the Canberra Rex Hotel is for you.

Three friends hiring e-scooters in Braddon in front of a cool, architectural design.
Hire e-scooters and zip along the streets of Braddon.

Located within a short walk of two light rail stops, Braddon is easily accessible so wherever you choose to rest your head you’ll be able to enjoy the delights of Lonsdale Street. Why not hire an e-scooter to zip around as you explore the precinct?

WHERE TO EAT

From exceptional coffee roasters to creative cafes and award-winning restaurants you won’t go hungry in Braddon. Start the day with tofu scrambled ‘eggs’ at the vegan café and bakery Sweet Bones or enjoy all the brunch classics at Lonsdale St Roasters.

A couple drinking cocktails at Lazy Su, one of the best asian restaurants in Braddon, at dinner time.
Cocktails and share plates are on top of the menu at Lazy Su.

For lunch enjoy Asian-inspired eats at Lazy Su or wrap your hands around a burger from Grease Monkey. If you’re after an award-winning dinner to rave about look no further than eighty-six and its slow-cooked lamb shoulder. With a dizzying array of bars to choose from one thing is for certain, riesling lovers should head to Rizla – Australia’s first bar dedicated to the humble riesling.

Rizla in Braddon
Clink glasses at Rizla, Australia's first bar dedicated to riesling.

Canberra is known for its convenience, with great attractions, accommodation, award-winning dining and shopping grouped into handy precincts, located both north and south of Canberra's centrepiece Lake Burley Griffin. Discover more of Braddon or explore each precinct to find more than you expect from art-inspired neighbourhoods to foodie hubs.